Cape Ivy out-competes our low growing native species on our coastlines and embankments.
Cape Ivy (Asteraceae – Senecio angulatus) is spreading quickly and smothering our low growing native species with its dense cover along our coastlines and on embankments. Cape Ivy flowers and seeds prolifically quickly maturing into dense mats that are long lived. It is spread easily by seed or cuttings.
Cape Ivy is in our Dirty Dozen because its dense mats will smother our low growing native species on coastlines and embankments.
It can sometimes be confused with German Ivy (which is plant pest as well) but has a thicker more succulent like leaf.
How you can help…
You can pull out seedlings or dig out roots (bury deeply or dispose bits) or apply herbicide to remove them. We use Glyphosate as a gel to stump swab (Bamboo Buster) or spray. Please always read the instructions on the label and wear protective clothing.
If you are in the Tutukaka area and need help or access to MetGel please contact us text 022 526 1972 or email email@example.com – our team of weed surveyors and slayers are only too happy to assist!
For more information check out Northland Regional Council’s Pest Control Hub (click here) or Weedbusters (click here)